An interesting rumour has emerged on the Kerrydale Street forum tonight on the Celtic transfers thread.
A member of the site has posted that a friend of a friend who works inside Celtic Park has stated that the club are interested in taking ex Spurs and England star Dele Alli on a 12 month loan deal.
I’m not sure how reliable this poster or his source is as I have only just recently started to look on the forum with interest in the transfers thread but I did find it interesting and worth writing about.
A couple of other posters also chimed in and believe that the move could possibly be a goer, due to Everton needing to pay the first instalment of a £40m fee once Alli reaches 20 appearances for them, and he hasn’t done too well there by all accounts, so they are reluctant to pay the required fee.
I noticed after I wrote about the Ross Barkley rumour that quite a few other sites along with the SMSM followed suit about three days later, so it will be interesting to see if that happens again!
I must admit, I’m not a close follower of the English Premier League. I do try, but I’ve found it increasingly difficult to watch games that just have no importance to Celtic over the last few years.
But I have read and heard quite a bit about Dele Alli.
He was a player that seemed destined for greatness from an early age and was a goal scoring attacking midfielder. He has been capped 37 times for England, and with the talent they have had available over the last 20 years, especially in midfield, he was clearly a very good player to get those caps and also playing an important part in the 2018 World Cup, scoring in the 2-0 quarter final win over Sweden.
But unfortunately for all the talent that Alli possesses, from what I have read, the fame and money and adulation all came too much too soon for the young player, and he basically lost all motivation to perform at his best, and has therefore been on the decline for the last few years.
Dele only just turned 26 back in April though, and theoretically, should be entering his prime years as a footballer during these next few seasons, but it just depends if he can find that passion for the game again and the motivation to get back to his best.
If I was going to bet on any manager to do be able to bring the best out of Dele Alli, it would be Ange Postecoglou, and if ever there was an environment to give Dele Alli that passion back for the game, it would be Celtic Park.
You only need to look at Joe Hart, a former teammate of Alli’s by the way, to see what this football club and our manager can do in terms of reviving a player’s career.
Take a look at the posts below.